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If you’re a parent who’s having trouble providing their children with adequate nutrition, access to medical care, and suitable shelter due to financial troubles, you may be able to get some extra cash through the Newfoundland and Labrador Child Benefit (NLCB). 

In the same way the federal government of Canada offers the Canada Child Benefit (CCB) to low-income families, provincial governments also offer support, including Newfoundland and Labrador. One of these programs is the Newfoundland and Labrador Child Benefit.

Key Takeaways On The NLCB

What is NLCB?Stands for Newfoundland And Labrador Child Benefit.
Eligibility You must have a dependent child and meet the income threshold.
Payment AmountVaries based on the number of children you have and your income. 
Payment DatesPayments are combined and paid along with the CCB monthly payments.
NLCB ApplicationYou’ll be automatically considered when you file your income taxes.

What Is The Newfoundland And Labrador Child Benefit (NLCB)?

The Newfoundland and Labrador Child Benefit (NLCB) is a provincial tax credit designed to provide financial aid to low-income families raising children. 

Note: NCLB payments are not considered taxable income and do not affect your Income Support entitlements. 

Are You Eligible For The Newfoundland And Labrador Child Benefit (NLCB)?

If your family’s net income is $28,500 or lower and you reside in Newfoundland and Labrador with dependent children under 18, you’re eligible for the (NCLB). 

The amount you’re eligible for will vary based on your income level: 

  • Net family income less than $17,397 qualifies you for the maximum.
  • Net family income between $17,397 and $28,500 qualifies you for the reduced amount.

Note: Your total NLCB benefit is determined based on your household income from the previous year.

How Much Can You Receive Through The Newfoundland And Labrador Child Benefit (NLCB)?

Your NLCB entitlement is calculated using three factors:

  • The number of children under 18  in your care
  • Your household net income

Here is a breakdown of how much you can expect to receive monthly based on the number of children you have:

Number of childrenMonthly Payment Amount 
1$149 ($1,788 yearly)
2$307 ($3,684 yearly)
3$476.67 ($5,720 yearly)
4$659 ($7,908 yearly)

If you have a child less than five years old or if you’re pregnant, you can also receive the Prenatal Infant Nutrition Supplement (PINS) of $150 per month.

As mentioned previously, your family’s total net income is a factor that is used to determine the amount of your NCLB benefit. If your net income is less than $17,397, you’ll receive the maximum amount listed above. If your net income exceeds $17,397, an adjustment is made to reduce your benefit amount.

The Newfoundland And Labrador Child Benefit (NLCB) Payment Dates 2024

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) issues NCLB payments monthly together with the federal Child Care Benefit (CCB). The payment schedule runs from July to June and is updated annually to account for inflation.

Below is the payment schedule for the CCB and NCLB payments for 2024:

  • January 19, 2024
  • February 20, 2024
  • March 20, 2024
  • April 19, 2024
  • May 17, 2024
  • June 20, 2024
  • July 19, 2024
  • August 20, 2024
  • September 20, 2024
  • October 18, 2024
  • November 20, 2024
  • December 13, 2024

You can expect to receive your first payment within eight weeks if you applied online or within 11 weeks if you sent your application by mail.

How To Apply For The Newfoundland and Labrador Child Benefit

To qualify for the NLCB, you and your spouse or common-law partner must file income tax returns every year. You must then complete an application to receive CCB payments, automatically enrolling you in the NCLB program. There’s no unique application process for the NCLB.

Apply When You Register The Birth Of Your Child

When you register the birth of your child, typically in the hospital, you can also apply for the CCB. This is the fastest and most efficient method. 

Ensure you give your consent and supply your social insurance number when completing the registration of the birth of your child. The Vital Statistics Agency will share the registration directly with the CRA, which is how your application for the CBB is submitted. 

Apply Online

If you don’t apply when you register your child’s birth, you can apply online on the CRA’s website using your CRA My Account

When you log in, click on “Benefits and credits” in the left-hand navigation.

NCLB - application 1

Next, at the right-hand side of your screen you’ll find a section called “Child information” click on the + Add. 

NCLB - application 2

Fill in the required details to have your application processed. Depending on your situation, you may also be asked to provide additional documentation. 

Apply By Mail

Alternatively, you can complete Form RC66 – Canada Child Benefits Application and send it by mail to your local tax center.

Final Thoughts

The NCLB is a provincial tax credit offered to families with children under the age of 18 who meet specific income requirements. By applying for the Canada Child Benefit, you automatically qualify for the NCLB –  there’s no further paperwork to fill out and submit. In addition, NCLB payments won’t affect your Income Support entitlements, making them a no-brainer as you work toward improving the quality of life for your family.

Newfoundland and Labrador Child Benefit FAQs

Will my NLCB payments affect my income assistance payments?

Eligible recipients can collect NCLB and Income Support benefits concurrently, as payments from one don’t affect the other.

When was the NLCB introduced?

The tax credit was introduced in 1999 and assists nearly 10,000 families in the province. NCLB payments are bundled with the federal child benefit and sent to qualified recipients monthly. 

If I have tax debt, will the CRA deduct my NLCB payments to pay the debt? 

No, the CRA cannot withhold these payments to cover your tax debt. However, if you choose, you can use your NLCB payments to pay off the debt. 
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Corrina Murdoch

Corrina Murdoch has been a dedicated freelance writer and editor for several years. With an academic background in the sciences and a penchant for mathematics, she seeks to provide readers with accurate, reliable information on important topics. Working as a print journalist for several years, Corrina expanded her reach into the digital sphere to help more people gain insight into the realm of finances. When she's not writing, you can find Corrina swimming and spending time with family.

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